Church credit union may establish whole new financial sector in society
Access to credit for people within the church and organisations linked to it could be revolutionised by the new Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU), a joint initiative of the Church of Scotland, Church of England and Methodist Church, says the Church of Scotland.
Turning up the volume on poverty – 21 June 1014, Glasgow
Over the last two years, the Poverty Truth Commission has been working on what needs to change to help those in Scotland who live in grinding poverty every day. The commission is made up of some of Scotland’s senior leaders and people who experience poverty on a daily basis. It is supported by the Church of Scotland. On 21st June, in Glasgow’s Woodside Halls, the commission will present its findings in music, drama, poetry, comedy, interview and film.
Poverty Truth Commission
Faith in Foodbanks – resource for churches
Faith in Foodbanks is a three part resource for churches exploring the growth of foodbanks from a Christian perspective. Sign of the Times, available to download now, provides six Bible studies to explore the ministry of Foodbanks and what God’s Word might teach us about them. A second resource will look at why Christians care about food poverty and why the number of foodbanks is growing, including ‘fact and fiction about foodbanks’. A collection of worship resources will include worship ideas, including a sermon outline, reflections and prayers. Faith in Foodbanks is being produced by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and Church Action on Poverty.
Joint Public Issue Team
Report: role of civil society in tackling poverty in the UK
This report from Edge Hill University (commissioned by the APPG Poverty and Webb Memorial Trust) looks at approaches to reducing poverty and inequality in the UK including the Trussell Trust’s work with food banks and Church Action on Poverty’s The Blame Game Must Stop report.
40 bishops and 600 Church leaders call for urgent action on food poverty
40 bishops and over 600 other Church leaders and clergy from across the major Christian denominations in Britain have co-signed a new letter calling for urgent Government action on food poverty. The letter published to coincide with the end of Lent is in support of the End Hunger Fast campaign. It highlights figures released today from The Trussell Trust showing a rise in numbers visiting food banks from 350,000 last year to over 900,000 this year.
Open letter in The Guardian
Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols – week of prayer for social action
Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols are encouraging people to join in a week of prayer for the church’s work serving those in need, which they have called Listen To God: Hear the Poor.